Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC), Rev. Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi has vehemently debunked the perception that churches are exploiting their members to enrich themselves at the expense of driving national development.
He believed that the perception is a falsehood, as the Church from time immemorial had played its role as an agent of development with the provision of schools, hospitals, orphanages, water projects, programmes for street children and many others.
“For some time now, the Church in Ghana has been accused of only collecting tithes and offering from members but have not done anything for society,” the reverend minister lamented.
Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi however, blamed the turn of events on the bad nuts that are bringing shame and disgrace to the Christendom, saying: “It is sad to say such accusations are raised against the Church because so-called ministers of the gospel are using the gospel for their personal gains.”
He then debunked the assertion that Ghanaian churches were only collecting tithes and offering from members and have not done anything for society.
In his view, it is because the Church has not been able to tell its own story of the number of social intervention it has undertaken.
As part of measures to let the people of Ghana and the world know how the church had been key partner in development, the GCB would launch Shalom Broadcasting Network that would tell the story of the Church; Rev. Dr. Adu-Gyamfi announced.
Rev Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi said this whilst giving his acceptance speech during his induction ceremony as the Executive President of the GBC and Rev Enoch Thompson as Vice President Ministries last Thursday in Accra, to prepare youth to take up leadership position, he said: “Strategic attention would be given to the development of the next generation of leaders for the Convention, I will encourage especially those between 25 to 40 years to make themselves available for training, mentorship and couching to prepare you to take over the mantle from the current generation.”
The mentorship programme would be facilitated by a team of high qualified professionals within the denomination have been assembled to lead this programme with success training institute of USA to provide another level of professional for our members.